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CleverKite – $7 512MB OpenVZ VPS in Los Angeles

Tags: , , Date/Time: March 16, 2011 @ 2:56 am, by LowEndAdmin

CleverKite Orien just emailed me to get CleverKite‘s new LowEndBox offer re-listed. Use promo code LEB to get their “Mini” plan for $7/month. Here is the direct sign up link, and the plan details:

  • 512MB memory
  • 10GB storage
  • 150GB/month data transfer
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

They are also writing their own control panel called “harmony™” which would be released by the end of year. Ksplice is used for kernel updates, and servers in Tustin, California. Company has been around since October 2010, and Orien has been a community liaison on WHT for a while. Not a one man company either as they listed their management/technical team on the website (and added a CTO since last time). Site behind CloudFlare but has WHMCS on SSL on a different domain.

Seems to be a group of clever boys/girls there and some are from UCB. Hopefully this venture is aiming for a long run (rather than a build ‘n’ sell).

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37 Comments

  1. circus:

    HI CLEVERKITE, Y U NO TEST IP?

    March 16, 2011 @ 5:49 am | Reply
    • Orien:

      Feel free to use 74.80.201.2.

      March 16, 2011 @ 5:51 am | Reply
  2. Seems like they at least know what they’re doing! Better than the one man bands with their main site on shared hosting etc!

    March 16, 2011 @ 7:20 am | Reply
  3. Orien appears to be a Community Liaison over at WHT. There’s a quick good review on these folks although it from a now banned user.

    Nice to see a community forum. Wish more companies had such an offering. Pity it appears to be rather unused.

    They actually state their uplinks. Nice to see as well. I get about a dozen datacenters located in Tustin, California so not sure who they’re using.

    They list being registered as a LLC and with the BBB but there’s no links and google’ing doesn’t pull anything up. At least right off.

    Their twitter page shows a couple of issues in the past but seems like they got resolved fairly quickly.

    March 16, 2011 @ 2:57 pm | Reply
  4. koothey:

    these are not your standard of the mill cheap vps’es. my cpuinfo output shows 16 cores from two xeon e5620s

    processor	: 15
    vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
    cpu family	: 6
    model		: 44
    model name	: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5620  @ 2.40GHz
    stepping	: 2
    cpu MHz		: 1200.072
    cache size	: 12288 KB
    physical id	: 1
    siblings	: 8
    core id		: 10
    cpu cores	: 4
    apicid		: 53
    fpu		: yes
    fpu_exception	: yes
    cpuid level	: 11
    wp		: yes
    flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
    bogomips	: 4800.31
    clflush size	: 64
    cache_alignment	: 64
    address sizes	: 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management: [8]
    
    March 16, 2011 @ 7:32 pm | Reply
    • Adam:

      Do you have a test IP so we can verify that you are an actual customer?

      cpu MHz : 1200.072

      Can you provide output of this command:

      dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync

      March 16, 2011 @ 10:13 pm | Reply
      • Orien:

        Just a note: the reason that shows 1200.072mhz is for automatic energy saving. that number will fluctuate depending on usage.

        March 16, 2011 @ 11:55 pm | Reply
      • koothey:

        sure, 74.80.225.113 is my ip

        [root@vps ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
        16384+0 records in
        16384+0 records out
        1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 8.55471 seconds, 126 MB/s
        
        March 17, 2011 @ 12:04 am | Reply
  5. Sandman:

    The site looks really clean but the OS template seems limited? Even Ubuntu 10.04 is unavailable

    March 16, 2011 @ 10:36 pm | Reply
    • Orien:

      Hm, any reason Ubuntu 10.10 doesn’t work for you?

      March 16, 2011 @ 11:54 pm | Reply
      • Ubuntu 10.04 is an LTS which means 5 year security updates from Canonical, which is preferred for a stable server product I think.

        March 16, 2011 @ 11:56 pm | Reply
        • Orien:

          Gotcha, we haven’t had any requests for Ubuntu 10.04 since most prefer to just use Debian which is arguably a better server-oriented distro. Of course if you’d really like it though, just send us a ticket and we’ll get it for you.

          March 16, 2011 @ 11:58 pm | Reply
        • But that is for the server versions, the desktop versions have 3 years. What version uses the openVZ templates?

          And I love debian too :D

          I am considering cleverkite to deploy some gameservers… But maybe in the next promo :P

          March 17, 2011 @ 12:23 am | Reply
        • Orien:

          Yomero, afaik desktop vs. server editions mainly differ in the packages installed / repositories so that should be interchangeable.

          March 17, 2011 @ 1:01 am | Reply
        • Yes I think so. Also, vz containers are more independent of the hardware and then, I think is possible to change anything, maybe radical transforms like… Ubuntu -> Gentoo or Debian -> Centos, dunno.

          March 17, 2011 @ 1:16 am | Reply
  6. InsDel:

    Default reverse DNS points to a subdomain of a completely unrelated aviation company.
    Perhaps you might want to change that.

    March 17, 2011 @ 12:08 am | Reply
    • Orien:

      Thanks for spotting that typo… it’s been fixed. looks like one of our guys got confused between sky and kite ;)

      March 17, 2011 @ 12:20 am | Reply
  7. Sonic:

    150GB/month data transfer
    So less BW for 512MB Ram plan, please increase to 300GB atleast :)

    March 17, 2011 @ 1:51 am | Reply
    • Orien:

      Level3 bandwidth isn’t cheap :) I personally think our plans are quite competitive against other companies targeting the same market like linode.

      March 17, 2011 @ 1:56 am | Reply
      • LOL everyone wants to be in the Linode or SliceHost market of premium unmanaged VPS where most customers don’t need any hand holding. Good luck with the execution.

        March 17, 2011 @ 9:57 pm | Reply
        • Orien:

          Thanks, our harmony panel should help significantly in that regard.

          March 18, 2011 @ 3:55 am | Reply
  8. dd:

    “512MB memory”

    Is this dedicated RAM or burst RAM?

    March 18, 2011 @ 8:28 am | Reply
    • Orien:

      I don’t like using the terms dedicated/guaranteed and burst ram for VZ environments; it’s really confusing for customers because they’re not really what they seem to mean. You are allowed to use the full 512mb.

      March 18, 2011 @ 10:25 pm | Reply
      • Use? Or allocate? :)

        March 19, 2011 @ 1:09 am | Reply
        • Orien:

          Allocated 512mb and you can use 100% of the 512MB. As simple as that :)

          March 19, 2011 @ 5:55 am | Reply
  9. Sonic:

    Orien,
    Could you please offer custom package 256mb ram, 200gb bw :D

    March 19, 2011 @ 8:35 am | Reply
  10. zidit:

    So 512MB RAM and no burstable? and Do your VPS allow squid proxy?

    March 20, 2011 @ 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Orien:

      Yes, just 512MB of memory. If you’re worried specifically about hitting the privvmpages limit, you can either reduce the stack mem usage of your processes or we can raise it for you. As for squid proxies, yep no problem as long as nothing illegal is being done.

      March 20, 2011 @ 11:21 pm | Reply
      • zidit:

        Actually, I want 512MB and burst to 1024MB for sure. If you have this thing done. It will be great!!. Or you can lower bandwidth to compensate higher RAM amount (talk about custom VPS) because, I am not high bandwidth user.

        March 23, 2011 @ 8:05 am | Reply
  11. Tony:

    I wonder if your OpenVZ container supports PPTP/L2TP?

    April 10, 2011 @ 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Orien:

      Unfortunately, not at this time. It would require modifications on the host node that we haven’t gotten around to doing due to the lack of demand.

      April 11, 2011 @ 12:16 am | Reply
  12. User:

    A little trouble installing Virtualmin (process much tougher and longer than on a Xen vps), but Orien quickly added some burst memory to solve the main issue.

    So far so good. Only sense trustworthiness.

    May 10, 2011 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

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